Budytes cinereocapilla

Budytes cinereocapilla, Savi.

593.-B. viridis, Gm. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 222 ; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 410; Motacilla cinereocapilla, Savi., Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 127.


Length, 6.5 ; expanse, 9.5 ; wing, 3.13; tail, 2.75 ; tarsus, 0.8 ; bill at front, 0.45.

Bill black ; irides dusky-brown; legs black.

The usual plumage of adult birds in winter is olive-green above, with a white or occasionally yellow superciliary mark; beneath, the chin and throat whitish, the rest yellow, more or less pure; wings dusky, with two dull whitish-yellow cross bands, formed by the tips of the coverts, and the tertials broadly margined with yellowish; tail black, slightly margined with greenish, and the two outermost feathers on each side chiefly white.

At the spring moult, the whole cap, lores and ear-coverts change to a bluish ash-grey, with or without a white or yellow supercilium, which, however, is not always present, and disappears eventually by the change of color which takes place in the feathers themselves at a later period. The lower parts, too, become more pure and bright yellow; the chin is white, and the throat yellow, with its lateral border white.

A little later in the season, the lores and ear-coverts become darker by a change in the feathers themselves, and finally change to a deep black; and in full breeding plumage, the whole cap, lores, and ear-coverts, are deep black.

Young birds of the year are light brownish-grey, purer on the nape and rump; wings and tail dusky, the former with two whitish, cross bands; the tail darker than the wings, with the two outermost feathers on each side nearly white ; beneath white, sometimes with a yellowish tinge, and a few brown marks on the breast; a white supercilium always present.

The Slaty-headed Field Wagtail is common in the Deccan and in parts of Rajputana. Of course it only occurs in the cold season.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Budytes cinereocapilla
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Slaty Headed Field Wagtail
Motacilla flava cinereocapilla
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